Notebook Items

This page will contain an alphabetical listing of notes and cases that appear each month.



Book on Civil Registration Offices in Poland – Sonja Nishimoto – 2004

  • Book on Civil Registration Offices in Poland – Sonja Nishimoto – 2004

A useful set of books (ISBN is 83-88650-36-X) with a CD is now available. These books from Poland give the addresses, telephone, FAX, email and webpage (when available) of all the Civil Registration Offices in Poland. There is a site on the web where these are sold. It is: The mailing address is: Technika, 44-102 Gliwice, ul. Toszecka 2, Poland. Phone (0-32) 231-97-03. The CD costs 49 zloty.


  • Ellis Island Records – Ceil Jensen – 2004


Ellis Island site went online April 30, 2001 with records from 1892 to 1924. The search is free and the actual ship manifest can be viewed online. Copies of the manifests can be purchased via the Ellis Island Foundation for 11″ X 17″ $25.00 or 17″ X 22″ $35.00. A useful feature of the database is the ability to bring up a text list of fellow travelers. Unfortunately, the database is marred with many surname and village typos.


  • Family History Library Planning – Steve Barthel – 2003

If you are planning a trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and you want to make sure the microfilms are there ahead of time, contact the Library Attendant Office no less than two weeks in advance. E-mail the microfilm numbers of the records you will be needing to the attention of Camille, on the International Floor. If you need US/Canada microfilms, use the same e-mail address, but make you message out to the attention of Tom. Use the Family History Library e-mail address,[email protected]. List the films you will be needing to look at. The attendants will check the cabinets and order the films that are not there. The films will be placed in the overflow area (ask at the window where the area is located). You will NOT be notified which films are present and which need to be ordered. There is no charge for ordering the microfilms at the Family History Library. The attendants request that you give them at least two weeks notice, or more. Individuals can order up to five microfilms per day, as a limit.You can contact the library attendant’s office by phone, FAX or email in advance of your visit. The phone number is (801)240-2334.

If you have a reference type question, you can e-mail a reference consultant. The secretary who received the e-mails will forward the e-mail to the appropriate reference consultant. The reference consultants do not do research for patrons, but they can advise you. Explore the website. Your answer to many of your questions may be there.

  • New at the FHL – Sonja Nishimoto – 2004

The B-1 (International floor) of the Family History Library now has a film scanner. You can now scan film pages onto a CD. Please be aware that copywrite laws do apply. A machine that was first used on the 2nd floor of the library is now also on B-1. It is necessary to go to the library attendant’s desk to sign up for time to use the scanner. Generally the time allotment is 30 minutes. If no one signs for the time following you, you might be lucky to be able to use it longer. The cost for the CD is $1.50. Comparatively, the cost of reader-printers copies at the Family History Library are now 23¢ per copy.

  • FHL Visitor Reminder – Sonja Nishimoto – 2004

A reminder for visitors of the library, be sure to check to see if the films of interest to you are in the collection stored in the library. If your film number is followed by the term “vault”, it means this film needs to be ordered into the library ahead of your visit. You can contact the library attendant’s office by phone, FAX or email in advance of your visit. The phone number is (801)240-2334.

  • FHL Remodeling on the B-1 international floor – Sonja Nishimoto – 2004

Remodeling is in full swing on the B-1 international floor at the Family History Library. Because of this, there are some books that have been boxed and put into storage. This only consists of a small portion of the books. If coming to the library, and wanting specific books, you may want to check ahead on the availability. The books that are normally on the B-1 are mostly accessible, although they are not on the floor, therefore, not available for browsing. Films are still readily available, with the exception of those in the vault. So it is always a good idea to check ahead on the on-line catalog to be certain your films will be in the drawers when you come. The on-line catalog can be found at The word VAULT will appear for films not in-house.

The library attendants office on B-1 is closed at this time. Most needs will be handled through the B-2 library attendants. All staff offices have also moved to B-2. For those of you who might be interested, there are cd burners in the library. You can burn images from a film directly onto a cd. You need to sign up for 1 hour increments of time to use these machines. These cds can then be viewed on your home computers.

  • New FHL Films from Poland

We have been receiving some films from both the Opole and the Gniezno dioceses and if your interests are in these areas, you may want to check the catalog periodically for your parishes of interest.


  • Hamburg’s Link to Your Roots Site – Ceil Jensen – 2004

Hamburg’s LTYR became active in March 2000 with the years 1890 – 1892. The most recent update expanded the database to 1905. Eventually the database will span 1890 to 1914, and finally 1850 and 1934. The initial search is free but researchers must use a credit card to retrieve the data in a text file. The actual manifest is not online. The first three passengers’ data is $20.00 USD. Sample data via email.


  • Online Maps for Polish Research – Ceil Jensen – 2004

Prussia (German Poland)

The Atlas des Deutschen Reichs is a digitized version of Ludwig Ravenstein’s 1883 Atlas of the German Empire. It is held in the collections of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries and is available online at:

If you are not sure of the German name for your Polish village use Katenmeister at to find the alternate name.

Russian Poland (Congress Poland)

The Federation of East European Family History Societies (FEEFHS) Map room has a map titled “Russia’s Polish Provinces”.

The need for a good Kongress Poland map set is available here

Galicia (Austrian Poland)

The Eötvös Loránd University ‘s Department of Cartography and Geoinformatics in Hungary has a period map online for Galician researchers. These are part of a series of digital maps of Austria-Hungary ( 1910)

Current interactive maps of Poland


If you are not sure of the spelling of your village it is good to start with ShtetlSeeker on

When you have the correct spelling of the village you can use the Polish map site :